Johannes Kretzschmar offering a digital photonics workshop.

Digital Teaching

Digital teaching is a vital part of our education concept.
Johannes Kretzschmar offering a digital photonics workshop.
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Digital teaching at the Abbe School of Photonics

Digital photonics lecture.
Image: Steffen Walther.

Digitalization and international digital collaboration have become essential prerequisites for excellence in future academic education and research. It is forecasted that physical mobility may be increasingly replaced by intelligent mobility – a mixture of physical and digital presence. At our school, a digital teaching team works exactly towards the realization of this plan. Even prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are engaged in enabling collaborative digital teaching. Strong support and synergies are created by our collaboration with the exc ellent equipment and the experts of the Digital Teaching Lab of the Max Planck School of PhotonicsExternal link. All our digital teaching activities fulfill a twofold purpose. On one hand, we provide support for our faculty in their basic teaching activities, including didactic and technical aspects of digital education, such as course design, technical realization and broadcasting. On the other hand, we are working on solutions for pertinent challenges of digital education, such as hybrid photonics laboratories at different locations.

Abbe School of Photonics
ASP now offers an education program and social interaction in a digital twin environment of our real-world teaching facility in Jena - analogue and digital world are merging.

The Glocal Campus: Open-source Education with International Partners

ACP PI Gerhard Paulus offering an online lecture on Experimental Physics.
Image: Anne Günther (University of Jena)

Our School is part of the The Glocal CampusExternal link. It is a joint project of the FSU Jena (Intercultural Business Communications; University Hospital), the Bauhaus Universität WeimarExternal link (Media Studies) and the Technical University of IlmenauExternal link (Computer Science). The project aims at international networking of digital teaching and research through joint projects and inter-university lecture series, as well as promotion of cross-border cooperation between students and teachers in joint courses.

Open Photonics Lectures for Anybody

Prof. Rick Trebino, Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, USA.
Image: Sandia Labs

In addition, we are collaborating with Prof. Rick Trebino (Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, USA), an international expert in ultrafast optics and spectroscopy and highly committed to teaching. For quite some years, Prof. Trebino has been developing high-quality courses of PowerPoint lectures for four college-level optics and physics courses, complete with pictures, movies, animations, and derivations.This material is provided on his websiteExternal link and fully open to every student, teacher, and lecturer for use and distribution.